Advanced Composites and Polymer Processing Laboratory

Motivation
 
  
Due to their strength-to-weight ratios, stiffness, corrosion resistance, and fatigue performance, and tailorable physical and functional properties, advanced composite structures offer many advantages over conventional engineering materials. Towards this end, advanced composites have been regarded as the materials of choice in key engineering disciplines, and therefore have been considered and utilized in a variety of primary and secondary load bearing structures in aerospace, automotive, and wind turbine industries. Engineers and scientists have been pushing the boundaries of broad composites and polymer research through conducting multidisciplinary all-encompassing research composed of polymer synthesis, design, both atomistic and continuum level modeling, processing, manufacturing, and testing to be able produce advanced composite materials to rapid industry use with tailorable properties in accordance with the applications of interest. Such a desire calls for scientific attention and motivates us for thinking outside the box practices as opposed to traditional composite materials, production techniques and designs.
  
 
  
 Vision / Aim

"Advanced Composites & Polymer Processing" is a field which encompasses conventional and nano-integrated structural and functional composites. The multidisciplinary scientific and engineering insight and knowledge are imperative for performing forward-looking research and being at the cutting edge in this area. This is a main drive for our ongoing collaborative work and research plans which aim at bridging the fundamental science and the applied and engineering research, which is in mesh with the name of our faculty FENS and fulfils the prospects of Nanotechnology Research and Application Center, or SUNUM

To tackle the associated challenges, a bottom-up approach is set to be one of the vision of AC2PL, where we endeavor to generate and accumulate knowledge gathered somewhat independently at different scales (of time and length). In so doing, we envisage that it would be possible to link and correlate the information from rather different scales such as from nano- to mico, micro to meso, and meso to macro-scale. Such a challenge requires skills, expertise and insight from polymer synthesizing and processing, both atomistic (molecular dynamics simulations) and continuum level modeling (finite element based micro mechanical analysis and structural optimization), design, manufacturing and testing. 

   
 Team

Our team possesses broad background by education, past affiliations and experiences (in Materials Science and Engineering, Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, Textile Engineering). The AC2PL is composed of three fully affiliated faculty members, Dr. Menceloglu, Dr. Papila, and Dr. Yildiz, Dr. Cebeci, Dr. Akbulut, Dr. Unal,  Post-doc fellows, Researchers, PhD and MSc level graduate students along with our collaborators within SUNUM, industry and other institutes. 

Our skills and capabilities include: 

  • Computational Materials Science: including both atomistic (molecular dynamics simulations, Dissipative Particle Dynamics) and continuum level modeling (finite element based micro mechanical analysis and structural optimization, and mesh-dependent and meshless computational fluid dynamics).
  • Structural Health Monitoring with fiber optic sensors (FBG)
  • Polymer Synthesis
  • Multi-scale modeling
  • Material characterization
  • Composites Design, Manufacturing with VI,H-VARTM, Prepreg methods and Design Optimization